This part of owning animals is the worst part !

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by okiechick57, Jul 27, 2007.

  1. okiechick57

    okiechick57 Songster

    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] My Mr Roo has disappeared, along with a Guinea keet .............have NO clue how..
    The Guineas were yelling earlier this afternoon, but I was in house in the middle of something, went out about 1/2 hour later.........GONE...........breaks my heart......he was a good nice rooster and the Guinea was my favorite ,she was a runt.......... this hurts ! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2007
  2. Judymae

    Judymae Songster

    Apr 22, 2007
    Merit, Tx
    I'm soooo sorry okiechick. Maybe they will come back when it gets dark? Were there any signs of a struggle?
  3. okiechick57

    okiechick57 Songster

    Thank you Judymae, well NO signs of anything.....just poof ! I have never had this rooster NOT be right next to his hens NEVER , I know he is gone.......and I know the Guineas , they never seperate.....and the amount of screaming they did.well..... I just know................this is hard, I was really attached to this rooster..........
  4. bigzio

    bigzio Crowing

    Jan 20, 2007
    Sorry to hear two can't be found. We free range our flock and go running when stress calls are sounded, it really helps to get outside right away to give them support...
    while the flock can be noisy at times the stress calls are the ones to be alert for. Once you know what they sound like, fast action can save your hen.
    This is part of the risk we take with free ranging, however the hens wouldn't want it any other way, it is the way life is lived to the fullest.

    It is possible that they got away. We had a case where a fox tried 3 times to catch one of the flock. Feathers were spread enough that you would think she killed one for sure. We found one roo 250 yards from the back yard, upset, confused, but ok and another hen under a spruce tree near by. Maybe looking some more might be worth it... Good Luck.

  5. okiechick57

    okiechick57 Songster

    thanks, I think I will put my boots on and treadge through the uncleared part in back,,,,part of me dreads finding a horribly hurt roo.........but I might find him just hurt.he was so big,it had to be a big dog I see around here or a coyote I cannot imagine he was taken by something small..........
  6. Wolfpacker

    Wolfpacker Songster

    Jul 7, 2007
    [​IMG] Good luck!
  7. okiechick57

    okiechick57 Songster

    [​IMG] well.........I found Mr Roo's feathers.......nothing else. couldnt find any tracks, of course it was right where my horse goes through the two pastures so ................. Good bye Mr roo...........I am going to miss him and so do his hens.......he was in charge of the roosting plan in the coop and now none of them know what to do........... the guineas are standing in front of a mirror I put up today............. I had gone SO long without my flock will surely stay in for a while and I hate my gun loaded what ever took him.when it comes back will not see the light of day again :thun
  8. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    Oh okiechick.....I am so very sorry. :aww I know we all will one day face this...I wish that we didnt. I free range mine, and have at times left and gone to town for hours with them running loose. However, they can get in the shop...and there are LOTS of high places for them to get up on. Again, I am so very sorry.
  9. wendy

    wendy On the Hill

    Jun 14, 2007
    central louisiana
    so sorry you lost your special roo and guinea :aww
  10. lacyloo

    lacyloo Cooped Up

    May 26, 2007
    north florida
    i hate losing my animals even if they werent my favorites,but what git me is it seems preatator know who are favorites are and go for them first,,uhhhh i hate it !!,,,i lost one of my favorite duck 2 weeks ago ,then something wounded one of my big hens,probably a fox but she should pull though ,,hopefully [​IMG]

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: